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Emma Maguire.© and courtesy The Royal Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Emma Maguire, RB Soloist, about the Ann Maguire Gala and Charity

We talk to Emma Maguire about the Gala that honours the life of her mum, Ann Maguire, and this year takes place at the Leeds Grand Theatre on 3 September. The proceeds go to support the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund – inspiring young people through the arts…

Osbert Lancaster's front screen for Frederick Ashton's La Fille mal gardée.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – La Fille mal gardée – London

★★★★✰   Early arrivals for the opening night of the Royal Ballet’s autumn season could watch Peregrine the pony being escorted to the stage door in readiness for his role in La Fille mal gardée…

Federico Bonelli and Sarah Lamb in Jerome Robbins' Afternoon of a Faun.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Afternoon of a Faun, In the Night, Song of the Earth – London

The final triple bill of the Royal Ballet’s season reverts to its founder’s faith in classical ballet as an expressive language.

Vadim Muntagirov and Laura Morera in La Fille mal gardée.© ROH, Tristram Kenton (Click image for larger version)

Laura Morera & Vadim Muntagirov – Royal Ballet Principals, on La Fille mal gardée

Jann Parry talks to Laura Morera and Vadim Muntagirov about all things La Fille mal gardée and a few other things too…

Marianela Núñez in Swan Lake.© ROH, Alice Pennefather.

Royal Ballet – Swan Lake – London

It is somewhat extraordinary that Anthony Dowell’s staging of Swan Lake is almost thirty years old, given the amount of reservations and mixed feelings it still elicits.

Sarah Lamb and Ricardo Cervera in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov in the lead. Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Christpher Saunders, Ricardo Cervera and Marianela Nunez in Manon.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Manon – London

The advantage of a big company accustomed to performing narrative ballets (something we can take for granted with the Royal Ballet) is that it is able to portray a whole society on stage.

Carlos Acosta in Scheherazade.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Carlos Acosta – Classical Selection – London

his diverse selection of 17 works (including musical interludes) is a gala in all but name and this one could have been sub-titled “Gems of The Royal Ballet” for all nine dancers hail from that company…

Edward Watson as Crown Prince Rudolf in The Royal Ballet's Mayerling.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Mayerling – London

Watson’s Rudolf is at the end of his tether: sex is a drug, suicide his only release. …This formidable cast will be seen in a live cinema screening from the Royal Opera House on 13 June.

Roberta Marquez and Steven McRae in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

The Royal Ballet – Nutcracker live screening in cinemas – Everywhere

There were revelations on-screen, too. …How many first-time spectators spot that the Biedermeyer-period Christmas cake in the Act 1 party provides the marzipan-and-icing set for Act II?

Nathalie Harrison and Elizabeth Harrod in Liam Scarlett's Viscera.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Viscera, Infra, Fool’s Paradise – London

After the urban angst of Infra, Fool’s Paradise concludes the evening on a sigh of pleasure. This triple bill is proof indeed that contemporary ballet is alive and thriving.

Marianela Nuñez & Thiago Soares in Swan Lake.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Swan Lake – London

And in the next act she (Nunez) did just that, giving us one of the best Odiles I remember seeing. She looked as if bamboozling innocently trusting princes was her favourite thing in the world, the most fun she’d ever had…

Royal Ballet – The Dream & Song of the Earth – London

This is turning out to be a very good season for Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth. We saw a deeply moving interpretation from Scottish Ballet at Sadler’s Wells a couple of months ago, and last night, as the second half of a Royal Ballet double bill, it again looked like a masterpiece.

Royal Ballet – Draft Works – London

Good to see Draft Works in the larger Linbury Theatre and as ever much fun to spot rising choreographic and dance stars closer than normal…

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